Evonik opens new plant for specialty silicones in Shanghai
The products, which are manufactured in batch processes, are used in, for example, polyurethane, paints, and coatings applications as well as in a variety of industrial applications.
Christian Kullmann, Chairman of the Executive Board of Evonik, formally inaugurated the plant on September 5, in the presence of about 300 guests from the worlds of politics and business. On this occasion he said: “The plant is yet another important cornerstone in Evonik’s growth strategy. We’re focusing on businesses with a clear orientation toward specialty chemicals and on powerful innovations to significantly increase the value of the company.”
Construction took only one year
The specialty chemicals group invested a high two-digit million euro sum in the construction of the new production facilities. Construction took only about a year. In 1.3 million working hours, employees numbering more than 700 in peak periods installed a large number of devices and laid about 23 kilometers of piping and 430 kilometers of wiring harnesses over an area of 30,000 square meters – on schedule, within budget, and without a single recordable occupational accident.
Demand has grown strongly
Organically modified specialty silicones form part of specialty additives. This is one of four growth engines in which the Essen-based industrial group sees above-average potential for growth and margins. Kullmann says: “Demand for specialty silicones has grown strongly over the past few years. China and its neighboring countries are key markets for many applications. Thanks to the new plant, we will now be able to support our customers in the Asia region with even more speed and flexibility. At the same time we’ll be consolidating our position as the global market and technology leader for organically modified specialty silicones.”
Simplifying supply chain
The new plant has simplified Evonik’s supply chain. “Because we now produce many specialty silicones locally, we no longer need to ship them from Europe or North America to Asia. This enables us to react faster to requests and increases our flexibility,” says Claus Rettig, Chairman of the Management Board of the Resource Efficiency Segment.